Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop reached first Grand Slam semifinal seven year

Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop reached first Grand Slam semifinal seven year

India's Rohan Bopanna and his partner Matwe Middelkoop advanced to their first Grand Slam semifinal after seven years after beating Henri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool at the French Open.

The Dutch-Indo pair, who has last reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam event in Wimbledon 2015, eked out a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over the British-Finnish combination in a hard-fought men's doubles quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

Bopanna, 42, and Middelkoop, 38, will face 12th seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Roger on Thursday in the last four. The Bopanna and Middelkoop squandered the opening set but dished out a superb fightback to win the next two as emerging victories.

In the decider, the Indo-Dutch pair showed tremendous mental fortitude to fight back from 3-5 down to take the match to a super tiebreak. They were again 0-3 behind but won 10 straight points to overcome trumps.

On Saturday, Bopanna and Middelkoop had saved five match points to knock out Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic, the reigning Wimbledon champions, from the Roland Garros.

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Bopanna's first men's doubles semifinal at a Grand Slam in 7 years. The Karnataka star had reached the Wimbledon semifinal in 2015 with Florin Mergea.

Notably, in the last-16 match, Middelkoop and Bopanna had ousted the 2nd seeds and Tokyo Olympics gold medalists Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic after saving 5 match points.

Middelkoop and Bopanna will face 12th seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Roger.

Bopanna paired up with Midddelkoop in the clay season. In April, the two senior campaigners played the ATP 250 event in Belgrade before returning to team up at the Italian Open. Notably, Bopanna had reached the semifinal of the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this season with Jammie Murray.

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